Q & A
My writing process:
Involves a tremendous amount of wine, hand-wringing, and naps. I really love to nap. It's a cherished hobby. I can plot out an entire novel during a 45-minute nap if I let it simmer in my head before hopping into bed. I think my brain doesn't like to have me coming at it in full-frontal assault mode, but if I trick it by pretending I'm going to sleep for a while, my muse comes out to play and everyone gets along famously. I've been known to leap out of bed screaming, "That's it!" So far, I've convinced my husband not to commit me to a mental institution, but I have no guarantees for the future. (He's pretty sleepy, too, so I might be safe.)
My Top 5 all time favorite reads:
Everything Matters, by Ron Currie, Jr.
Geek Love, by Katherine Dunn
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (NOT THE MOVIE!)
The Bridges of Madison County, by Robert James Waller (NOT THE MOVIE!)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Lainie Taylor
All of these books have left a lasting impression on me, even after many years from my first reading. Everything Matters and Geek Love are outrageously unique, with interesting, quirky characters, insanely different plots, and a lot of moral ambiguity that forces the reader to question their own beliefs. The Road by Cormac McCarthy is a haunting, exquisite piece of literature with the kind of ambiguous ending that leaves you devastated. I sobbed my way through The Bridges of Madison County because at the time I read it--in my early twenties--I thought it was the most romantic thing I'd ever encountered. I love it when one of the main characters dies at the end because it's so REAL. I've never cried so much reading a book since. And Daughter of Smoke and Bone is gorgeously wrought, with an achingly beautiful central love story that's almost as important as the underlying message of the futility of hatred and the power of the individual (and love) to change the world.
Favorite Movies/TV programs:
My top 3 fav movies are (in order) Moulin Rouge, The Princess Bride, and Pride & Prejudice, the Keira Knightley version. I can watch any of those over and over, and regularly do.
Close runners-up are anything Monty Python, anything Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein especially), Six Feet Under (TV) Deadwood (TV) and Game of Thrones (Go Khaleesi!)
Cheese. (I was a mouse in a former life.)
Tortilla chips and spicy salsa.
Meatballs. I've never met a meatball I didn't love.
Wine. (This counts as food in my house.)
Anything Mexican, Italian, or French. Also Chinese food is amazing, as is Thai and Indian and everything else. So basically food. All food is my favorite. My ideal dream job would be a food writer who travels the world and reports on different restaurants. And visits the local spas and reports on those, too. And takes many naps. *sigh*
When Did you know writing was what you wanted to do:
As a kid, I always hated the question, "What do you want to do when you grow up?" Like, seriously? I'M TEN. I think we put too much pressure on people to FIND THAT ONE THING, when a life might encompass many different paths and careers. I've always been an entrepreneur because I'm too stubborn and impatient to work for anyone else--and I don't work well in groups--but I've done things as diverse as being a headhunter to a florist. I've always been a voracious reader, however. I read anything and everything, and don't discriminate by genre. I grew up with parents who read everything, too. Our house was littered with books, newspapers, and magazines. My father's study was packed to the ceiling with books about WWII, and my mother read The New York Times every day from cover to cover, and did the crossword in pen.
But I suppose I'm a late bloomer, because it wasn't until my 40th birthday that I realized I wanted to write a novel. So I did. Seven years and fifteen novels later, here we are.
Best way fans can reach me:
My closed FB fan group, Geissinger's Gang, where we hold a weekly Wine http://bit.ly/live chat and giveaway and generally have a lot of fun:
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